No electioneering!

Earlier in this series, I introduced Four Salient Features of the TDG. I’ll just repeat them again:

1. Tiered, Indirect Elections.

2. Voting Based on Good Character & Capacity for Governance

3. A Culture of Consultation

4. An Advisory Board

While each TDG is to design itself, it must incorporate…

Where is democracy really going?

In 2018, a Canadian-based documentary told us about the Trump Facebook campaign in 2016. There is one highlight that really struck me.

To set the stage, I need to talk a little bit about soft support voters. Soft support voters do have a preference for a certain political candidate or…

Giving us a sound, second look at things

Have you ever been in a situation where you were sure you were right. Then someone, from far away from the situation, says something that shatters your right-ness? You shift your direction, and then you find you are on a better path.

Democracy often has checks and balances to prevent…

Yes, we need the practice!

One of the great lessons of becoming older is that one starts to understand a younger self. I see the 20-year-old Dave Volek, so full of energy, ideas, ambition, education, and strength. The world was his for the taking. I also see someone who made a lot of mistakes. He…

This is humanity’s natural instinct

When I first read “1984” many years ago, I clearly remember a set of Orwellian statistics that somehow got glued in my mind. I did not understand the significance until later in life. …

The Second Salient Feature: Part 2

When we vote in western democracy, we have our reasons to cast a vote. Some of us vote on tradition, casting our vote for the same political party in the same way we have in the past. Some of us vote for the charisma of the party leader, even if…

The Second Salient Feature: Part 1

In a previous article, I gave four salient features of the TDG. Voting for Good Character and Capacity for Governance is the second feature.

The most obvious questions are: What is Good Character? What is Capacity for Governance? In this article, I will talk about Good Character.

Part of the…

Why Neighborhoods Become Electoral Units

Tiered Democratic Governance (TDG) is a new kind of democracy. A previous article introduced four salient features of the TDG. This article is going to provide details of the first feature: tiered indirect elections.

In another previous article, I also explained how voters do not know much about the names…

Why Canada Could Not Reform its Electoral System

In the 2015 election campaign, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised a reform of Canada’s Electoral System.

When Canada got its independence from Great Britain in 1867, it inherited the Westminster system of governance. Basically, geographical areas, called “constituencies,” are delineated. In each constituency, the political parties nominate their candidate to…

The Blueprint of a New Democratic Order

Tiered Democratic Governance (TDG) is a new kind of democracy: a wiser, kinder democracy. It will be built by average people in average communities. Each local TDG will start as an independent entity setting up its own rules. …

Dave Volek

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